STAFF REPORT IBD: The absence of quarantine department to screen livestock at the time of import in the country is resulting in the spread of mysterious contagious diseases in Pakistan.
This was stated by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Talat Naseer Pasha while delivering a lecture at the one-month long workshop on “Capacity building of livestock dairy development department officers for the establishment of advisory services” at conference hall of the university last week. The workshop was organised by UVAS in collaboration with Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department (L&DDD).
Prof. Pasha regretted that the import of large animals especially cows from various countries is in vogue without screening of diseases after quarantining them at the time of landing in the country.
He revealed that last year 5,000 large animals were imported and this year some 6,000 animals were being imported.
Explaining the importance of livestock sector in national economy in various spectra, VC Prof. Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the livestock sector is growing in an unprecedented manner and had a share of 55.1 percent of the GDP.